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The Scholarship

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is much more than financial support for your studies.

It is a unique opportunity for young leaders from anywhere on the African continent to further their education in South Africa. While completing postgraduate study in any field of your choice, our leadership development programme will empower you to solve some of Africa’s most difficult challenges. You will begin a life-changing leadership journey, and find a community of people who share your passion for the positive transformation of Africa.

  • Tuition costs for any one-year Honours degree or two-year Masters degree in any field at a recognised South African institution of higher education.
  • The financial support covers tuition and registration fees, and provides allowances for study materials, research, and medical aid, as well as accommodation and meals.
  • The scholarship includes a compulsory Leadership Development Programme of either one year or two years depending on your course. The programme is primarily delivered through a series of week-long in person workshops with your Class of Mandela Rhodes Scholars.
  • The programme gives you access to a mentorship programme, and a community of young leaders from across the African continent.

Could you be a Mandela Rhodes Scholar?

Explore & Apply

Find out if the Scholarship is for you. Discover how to apply.

Life as a Scholar

Learn more about the scholarship programme. Find out what it’s like to live in South Africa. Hear from past scholars.

After the Scholarship

Learn about ongoing benefits and opportunities for Mandela Rhodes Alumni.

The Scholars

Meet and learn from Mandela Rhodes Scholars and Alumni.


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